Jul 142011
Phillies ace Roy Halladay

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Ten keys for the Philadelphia Phillies after the All-Star break

July 14 LehighValleyLive.com

So how can the Philadelphia Phillies top their pre-All-Star break performance when the season resumes Friday night in New York?  The Phils enter the second part of the season with baseball’s best record and on a roll having won six series in a row.  Can they keep it up? Here are 10 keys to a successful second half for the Phils.  1.) Step up outside of the National League East. The Phils play 72 games against their four divisional foes in each season and by a quirk of scheduling have already played 42 of them so far this year.

Phils fight through obstacles in strong first half

July 14 CSN Philly

The story of the 2011 Philadelphia Phillies doesn’t take too many literary devices. There are no underlying themes, sub-plots and nearly three-quarters through the tale, there doesn’t seem to be an unexpected twist looming.  At least not yet anyway.  The way it’s shaping up 91 games into the season, the Phillies appear destined to be on the road for their second World Series title in the last four years.  How did we get here? It’s elementary.

Deadline looms: What should Phils do?

July 14Camden Courier-Post columnist David Hale

A shiny new bat will do, but an arm is best move.  Just a few weeks into spring training this season, J.C. Romero’s 2011 Porsche Panamera was stolen from a dealership in Clearwater, Fla., where it was being serviced.  The incident should have taught us a couple of valuable lessons.  First, it’s good to be a lefty reliever in the big leagues. That’s a sweet ride for a pitcher with a career ERA of 4.07.

Looking good, but injuries, Braves pose threats

July 14 Allentown Morning Call

About a dozen Phillies stood at the four TVs in their clubhouse watching Derek Jeter smoke his 3,000th hit into the left-field seats at Yankee Stadium on Saturday.  There were few congratulatory gestures from the leaders of the National League East. One player even criticized the Rays (the Yankees’ opponent that day) for stepping out of the dugout to acknowledge the historic achievement.  The Phillies weren’t being rude.  It’s just their competitive nature.

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